Picasso’s ceramic studio in southern France fallen into disrepair
The Madoura workshop in Vallauris, bought by local authorities last year, requires urgent renovation
By Hannah McGivern. Web only
Published online: 05 August 2014
Three months after the attic studio in Paris where Picasso painted Guernica was classed as a historic monument by the French state, in response to a petition to protect it from re-development as a hotel, Le Journal du Dimanche reports that the pottery workshop in the south of France where the artist created more than 4,000 ceramic pieces requires urgent renovation.
The Madoura workshop in Vallauris had been closed for six years when an association of local authorities bought it from the original owners, the Ramié family, for €3m last May, re-opening it to the public in December. While a temporary exhibition space is currently hosting part of the town’s 23rd ceramics biennial, the building where Picasso worked from 1947 to 1971 has fallen into disrepair. Problems include damp in the walls and holes in the roof.
Jean Leonetti, the president of the association and the deputy mayor of Antibes, told Le Journal that the most pressing renovation work would start in the autumn. “Studies show that the budget isn’t excessive,” he said. The mayor of Vallauris, Michelle Salucki, said that though the town did not have the means to buy Madoura outright, it was collaborating on the project to turn it into a “cultural centre for ceramics”.
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